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Is it possible for the Graduate School to contribute to the Expanding Your Horizons program?

Date: November 2018

Question

Dear Dean Knuth,

Thank you for supporting Expanding Your Horizons last spring!

I am writing to ask for your support of this year’s Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) conference, which will take place on Saturday, April 27th, 2019 here at Cornell.  As you know, EYH is a one-day conference that encourages young women in 7th-9th grade to pursue science, math, and engineering through exciting hands-on workshops organized by active science researchers including Cornell students, faculty, and staff. Young women benefit from this unique opportunity to interact with role models in science, and over 250 volunteers among the Cornell scientific community are united across disciplines to share their enthusiasm for STEM fields.  Over the past five years, we hosted an average of over 450 young women and along with their parents from across New York State and beyond.

This year we hope to enable 500 young women to attend the conference, and we need your help! Is it possible for you to make a contribution to the program this year? The success of EYH depends not only on the volunteers who organize events, host workshops, and escort the young women around campus, but also on the continued support from the individual colleges, departments, centers, and programs at Cornell. Last year, your contribution was greatly appreciated and helped to ensure the success of the conference. 

Aside from monetary support, our conference could not run without the generous in-kind donations of numerous departments and facilities on campus.  We are always in need of undergraduate and graduate student volunteers. If you know of anyone who would be willing to volunteer, please have them contact ntj7@cornell.edu .

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,
EYH Fundraising Chair


Response

Dear EYH Fundraising Chair,

Thanks so much to you and your team for organizing this excellent event!

The Graduate School will enthusiastically provide funding to support Expanding Your Horizons. Our business manager will work out the details with you to transfer funds.

Thanks to you for your leadership and to all the EYH volunteers who are doing so much to encourage young women to pursue science, math, and engineering.  Your efforts contribute mightily to the critical work of encouraging their engagement in STEM disciplines and the future workforce.

Best wishes for the EYH program,

Barb

Barbara A. Knuth
Dean of the Graduate School